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Bodkin is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a maker or seller of knives. The surname Bodkin comes from the Old English word bodkin, which is also spelled bodekin, and refers to a short, pointed weapon or dagger.

Bodkin Early Origins



The surname Bodkin was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Bodkin Spelling Variations


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Bodkin Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bodkin has been recorded under many different variations, including Badkin, Bodkin, Bodekin, Badekin, Bodekyn, Badekyn, Batekyn, Bodychen, Battkin and many more.

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Bodkin Early History


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Bodkin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bodkin research. Another 415 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1297, 1312, 1331, 1349, 1369, 1623, 1752, 1779, 1572, 1523, 1518, 1519, 1610, 1611, 1639, 1640 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Bodkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bodkin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bodkin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bodkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bodkin In Ireland


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Bodkin In Ireland



Some of the Bodkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bodkin or a variant listed above:

Bodkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Bodkin, who landed in America in 1812
  • Martin Bodkin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854

Bodkin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Bodkin, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bodkin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bodkin (post 1700)



  • Tom Bodkin, American newspaper designer
  • Odds Bodkin (b. 1953), American storyteller
  • Sir Archibald Henry Bodkin KCB (1862-1957), English lawyer, Director of Public Prosecutions from 1920 to 1930
  • Matt Bodkin (b. 1968), English football player
  • Michael Bodkin (1879-1900), Irish clerk who was the inspiration for Michael Furey in James Joyce's short story The Dead
  • Matthias Bodkin (1896-1973), Irish Jesuit priest and author
  • William Alexander Bodkin (1885-1964), New Zealand politician of the United Party, and the National Party, Minister of Civil Defence in the War Administration in 1942
  • Sir William Henry Bodkin (1791-1874), British barrister and Conservative Party politician
  • Professor Thomas Patrick Bodkin (1887-1961), Irish lawyer, art historian, art collector and curator, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin from 1927 to 1935
  • Ronald G Bodkin, Department of Economics, at the University of Ottawa, Canada
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Crom-a-Boo
Motto Translation: Crom for ever.


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Bodkin Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bodkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bodkin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 18 November 2015 at 14:09.

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